Multidisciplinary Approach to a Mixed-Use Proposal for Downtown Buffalo
Academic | Fall 2016
Client: M&T Bank | Buffalo, NY
Size: 4.5 Acres
My team was selected among 24 students by M&T Executives and UB Faculty for the opportunity to present our vision to Bob Wilmers, CEO of M&T Bank, Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo, and Satish Tripathi, President of the University at Buffalo, among representatives from their respective offices.
Headquartered in Downtown Buffalo, M&T Bank is looking to find the highest and best use of two parking lots adjacent to Fountain Plaza. In collaboration with real estate, planning, and architecture students, the proposal must look at financial viability, site context, and market trends to inform program, size, and design.
571 East will dramatically transform 2 empty parking lots into Buffalo's next great development that mixes residences, offices, retail, a culinary food hall, and vibrant public life, making it a catalyst for activity and surrounding investment. The project acts as a bookend to Buffalo's Entertainment District, Chippewa Street.
Emphasizing life between the buildings, the design features an office anchor, culinary hub, and residential quarter glued by a spine activated by street level retail, a pedestrian plaza, a public atrium, and a "Living Street".
Lead Designer, Digital Model, Major Graphics, Renderings, Flythrough, Studio Coordinator for Site Model
Rhino, V-Ray, Lumion, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, ArcGIS, Slack
Alan Chan, Dan Crowther, Dawn Aprile, Tony Garofalo, Zhida Song